Dodge Power Wagon School Bus

Over at Bring A Trailer and Craigslist Colorado there’s an interesting variant of the Dodge Power Wagon. This one has been fitted out as a school bus and although there are signs of rust and the vehicle’s running condition is not known it looks like an intriguing project especially if you were looking to create a camper vehicle with off road capabilities.

The interior looks OK and complete. I like the low tech "arm power" door mechanism.

The interior looks OK and complete. I like the low tech “arm power” door mechanism.

The Dodge Power Wagon was based on an American Army off road truck that was used to make the trip across the mountain passes to supply the Chinese Nationalist Army in their fight against the Japanese and the Chinese Communists during World War II.  These vehicles built up a reputation for toughness and for their go anywhere abilities which made them an ideal expedition vehicle.

The Dodge Power Wagon was made in a variety of body styles including as a bus or mobile film studio.

The Dodge Power Wagon was made in a variety of body styles including as a bus or mobile film studio. (Picture courtesy Collier’s magazine and dodgepowerwagon.com).

Used for the creation of Metro Goldwin Meyer’s fun movie “King Solomon’s Mines” whilst shooting on location in Africa the Dodge Power Wagon earned its reputation as did the US Army Truck it was based on.

This Power Wagon was custom fitted with bus coachwork by Gillig Brothers of California.

This Power Wagon was custom fitted with bus coachwork by Gillig Brothers of California.

The sale Power Wagon used to be used for transporting school children on an Indian reservation. It looks to be a perfect compromise size for off road work with a decent amount of space inside. Personally I might set it up as a going to the shooting range camper complete with reloading bench and also use it for hunting expeditions. It has quite a bit of potential.

The vehicle has free wheeling front hubs to help improve fuel economy for highway driving.

The vehicle has free wheeling front hubs to help improve fuel economy for highway driving.

You can find the Craigslist sale page for this Dodge Power Wagon if you click here.

And you can find the Bring A Trailer listing if you click here.

This little bus will need some work to get it up to scratch but could well prove to be well worth the effort.

(All pictures courtesy Craigslist except where otherwise marked.)

(All pictures courtesy Craigslist except where otherwise marked.)

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